commanteer's past comments

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    commanteer

    It's a bit of a shame Japanese women are such slaves to foreign brands

    Yes, they should be more like American women, who only buy European fashion brands when they can't find an American brand.....oh, wait...

    Posted in: Thick Skin

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    If/when Japan signs the TPP, these events will be one of the first casualties. The TPP will criminalize cosplay of any copyrighted characters, and these events will be regulated into oblivion.

    Posted in: The female cosplayers of summer Wonder Festival

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    commanteer

    Knowing the way things work here, someone probably outsourced the logo for fiverr.com and pocketed the rest of the budget for logo design.

    Posted in: Tokyo 2020 Olympics logo design ruffles feathers abroad

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    commanteer

    Almost half of all American males will be arrested at some time in their lives. That suggests a police state. However, Obama addresses one half of the problem while making the other half worse. He wants increased government involvement in all areas of life, things that used to be handled between neighbors and families. Once you turn over so much of your life to the government, increased police activity is essential. Once the social and family restrictions are loosened, you only have the police to keep people in line. Though, obviously, they fall far short in that area unless they are allowed greater powers - the "ultimate" solution being a total police state.

    Makes one wonder if that wasn't the plan all along.

    Posted in: America's mass incarceration system: Freedom's next frontier

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    The sign that says killing animals is murder bothers me. These are the same sort of people who say copying music is theft, and sexually suggestive language is rape. By abusing words that carry great meaning to elevate their petty cause, they lose all integrity in my eyes.

    And, having helped make a few handbags, I can guarantee it takes less than one croc skin to make one. Professional leather workers are very careful to minimize waste, if only for reasons of economy.

    Posted in: Thick Skin

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    The TPP is 20% trade and 80% about sharing information, financial restrictions, taxation, and draconian copyright enforcement.

    But maybe Stalin was right. People will happily trade their freedom for a little butter.

    Posted in: Japanese butter on the table in Pacific trade talks

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    Astounded at the down votes I get for stating the obvious. I can only assume those people here who criticize the cancellation are all talk and have no kids. It's one thing to stand up against terrorism by putting yourself on the line. It's an entirely different thing to stand up to it by putting your young children on the line.

    Comparisons of a local elementary school festival to the Olympics are completely facile.

    Posted in: Threat forces 'bon' festival to be canceled in Tokyo

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    The IMF listens to their economists. And there are very few respected economists who have any real world business experience.

    Yet, they are right that a weak yen by itself is not nearly enough to move the economy forward. It will help the government pay out all those pensions though.

    Posted in: IMF warns Japan must avoid over-reliance on weak yen

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    "I'll still respect you in the morning." That's the oldest line in the book.

    Posted in: Nikkei pledges to respect Financial Times culture

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    commanteer

    One problem with buffets is that they are bacteria havens. Kitchen staff usually take precautions by wearing facemasks, haor coverings, washing frequently, but food on a buffet comes into close contact with 20 to 100 customers of varying hygiene habits and health conditions.

    Posted in: Tooth found in stew at Tokyo hotel restaurant

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    commanteer

    There is more good music than ever, more widely available than ever - thanks to the internet. And with all this choice the dross still rises to the top. Turn off the MTV and look beneath the pretty faces with million dollar marketing machines selling fake feuds for the masses.

    Lot's of great music if one looks.

    Posted in: Katy Perry's feud with Taylor Swift heats up

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    commanteer

    Will they also cancel the Olympics if a threatening letter is received?

    It's not the Olympics. It's a festival at an elementary school, with mostly kids. They have to cancel it. I wouldn't be surprised if it's one of those miserable neighbors who complain about the kids making noise at school.

    Posted in: Threat forces 'bon' festival to be canceled in Tokyo

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    commanteer

    This goes hand in hand with Japan's insularity. An insular country will never have significant global political influence. Even the fact that Japanese politicians are worried about China's growing influence shows their insularity. They are focused on China, not on the world as they should be.

    Posted in: For Japan, the rise of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank means the competition for political influence with China is likely to accelerate.

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    commanteer

    Horrible death. But the wife is lucky he's gone. He could just as easily have killed her if he was this unstable.

    Posted in: Man sets himself on fire after emailing his estranged wife

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    commanteer

    Vice News host Simon Ostrovsky traveled to Tokyo to explore the sexual exploitation of teens

    Typical hypocritical Western sensationalism, exposing the supposed widespread abuse of underage girls ("joshi kuse-" as the narrator pronounces it) while attracting web viewers with the promise of naughty underage girls. So we can all get our kicks while tsk-tsking the terrible Japanese.

    Posted in: 'Lolicon' teachers a growing concern

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    commanteer

    In Weimar Germany, people stocked up on cigarettes, as they were easily bartered, and a carton could be broken into single cigarettes to be traded for small purchases of food. In a currency collapse, I would want something that I could break up into smaller units, was widely accepted in barter, and unlikely to be targeted by the government. A shed full of coffee would probably be more useful than a couple gold bricks.

    Posted in: Gold falls to lowest level in five years on dollar strength

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    commanteer

    I despise Obama, but this is one of the few sensible things he has done.

    Posted in: New era begins as Cuba raises flag at embassy in U.S.

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    commanteer

    If you can read people, you have a chance of spotting the liar - though some liars are really good at covering themselves. If you can't read people, the usual hints (won't make eye contact, looks up to the left) won't do much good by themselves.

    First impressions are important to remember. A good liar makes you forget your negative first impressions. You only remember them again once you've been conned.

    Posted in: How can you tell if someone is lying to you?

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    commanteer

    Jon Snow is not dead. He can't be. Or he is dead, but will be brought back to life.

    Posted in: 'Game of Thrones' earns a leading 24 Emmy Award nominations

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    commanteer

    That scenario didn’t pan out.

    The correct phrasing would be "That scenario* hasn't *panned out."

    It's near impossible to determine the timing on these things, but the dollar (along with most other manipulated and abused fiat currencies) is certainly going to crash at some point in the not too distant future. And I'm not a gold bug, partly because I assume most governments will implement draconian restrictions on gold transactions when their currencies fail.

    Posted in: Gold falls to lowest level in five years on dollar strength

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